Hoggirl Posted July 16, 2013 Share Posted July 16, 2013 My ds has approximately ten schools on his most recent short list that he will apply to this fall. Among them are: 3 Big State Unis that offer substantial merit $$ for him 2 private school mid-size uni Matches (really, likely safeties because of his stats) Should also get some merit $$ at these - potentially going from $50-$55 per year down to $30-$35 per year. 5 reaches (4 top 20 national unis, 1 top 20 LAC) - only one of which offers merit money, but it is crazy competitive to get Of those, 1 reach, both of the matches, and 1 safety would not otherwise be on his list except for their relative strength in a degree that he is interested in. Obviously, he may not get in to any of his reaches. My concern is that he will choose one of the two private matches or one safety schools based on a degree/program they offer. What if he changes his mind as to what he wants to study as so many do? These are not schools he would have otherwise considered at all! Particularly the 1 state uni. It has a great program for what he wants, but the overall reputation of the school is poor. If he gets into any of the reaches, I am wondering if that would be the better choice in case he does change his mind. But, then, of course, there is no merit money at those. Would you choose a school with significant merit money based on a program/degree offered? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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